Sri Lanka taking series 2-1 the eventual trophy glitter

Sri Lankan players celebrate their T20 series win over Australia after the third T20 Cricket International at the Adelaide Oval on Febuary 22, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Brenton Edwards / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

In a face saving Australian redemption by 41 runs at Adelaide, the larger result of Sri Lanka emerging the T20 champions in the 3-match contest by a margin of 2 wins, was the eventual trophy glitter euphoria for the Sri Lankan camp. If Australia saved face by breaking the drought after scoring 187 for 6 and bowling out Sri Lanka for 146 on the back of leg spinner A. Zampa’s 3 wickets, moreover the Sri Lankan hurrah of coming trumps up was the colourful silver lining. For it was an insulating backyard triumph against an Aussie side that did boast of some regular players in the cast like A.J. Finch, J.P. Faulkner and Zampa. The Aussie media did make out… Read More →

SL Women’s Cricketers orbit in to World Cup 2017: Also qualify for ICC Champions Trophy 


Sri Lanka qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from the last round of Super Six matches on the back of a brilliant 84 by opening batsman Chamari Atapattu must certainly go in to the realms of the giant sized. Going past Bangladesh was the final hurdle and go past the neighboring sub-continent opposition did the Lankan lasses brazenly to realize the dream of being there for women’s cricket’s big shootout later this year. They have also qualified for the ICC Women’s Championship. Currently ranked No.8 among top 10 ODI teams has also being a shot in the arm for women’s cricket in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s eventual canter in booking a berth in the world cup to follow… Read More →

වෙන්දේසි වූ අයි. පී. එල්. අපේ ක්‍රීඩකයෝ දෙවරක් සිතිය යුතුද?

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka hits a shot during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

ඉන්දීය ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම ලබන ජුලි සිට සැප්තැම්බර් දක්වා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දීර්ඝ සංචාරයකට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිතව තිබෙන අවස්ථාවක ඊට මාස දෙකකට පෙර ඉන්දියාවේ පැවැත්වෙන අයි. පී. එල්. තරගාවලියට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රීඩකයන් වෙන්දේසියේ මුදලට ක්‍රීඩා කිරීම සුදුසු ද නැද්ද යන්න දෙවරක්  සිතා බැලිය යුතු කරුණකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් නායක ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්ට කෝටි හතරහමාරක මුදලක් ගෙවීමට ඩිල්ලිඩෙයා ඩෙවිල්ස් කැමැත්ත ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබෙන අතර, ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ අලුත්ම වීරයා අසේල ගුණරත්නට ඉන්දීය ලක්ෂ 30ක් (ශ්‍රී ලංකා රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 67ක් පමණ) ගෙවීමට මුම්බායි ඉන්ඩියන්ස් කැමැත්ත ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබේ.  ලසිත් මාලිංග මුම්බායි ඉන්ඩියන්ස් කණ්ඩායමට මිට පෙර සිටම අයත්ව සිටින ක්‍රීඩකයෙකි.   මුම්බායි ඉන්ඩියන්ස් ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හිටපු ක්‍රිකට් නායක මහේල ජයවර්ධනය.  මැතිව්ස්ට හා ගුණරත්නට ගෙවීමට එකග වූ මුදල ආරම්භක ලන්සුව වන අතර එය වැඩිවීමට… Read More →

කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම මීට වඩා දස්කම් පෙන්විය යුතුමයි

Sri Lanka womens team

  එංගලන්තයේ හා වේල්සයේ මේ වසරේ ජුනි 24 සිට ජුලි 23 දක්වා පැවැත්වෙන කාන්තා ලෝක කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට හා ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළු කුසලාන ජගත් ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට දැන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සුදුසුකම් ලබා සිටියත් ලොව ප්‍රබලම කාන්තා කණ්ඩායම් සමග කරට කර සටන් කිරීමට නම් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාන්තා කණ්ඩායම දැනට වඩා ප්‍රබල තත්ත්වයකට ඉදිරියේ දී පත්වීම අනිවාර්යය කරුණකි.  ඊට හේතුව ලංකා කණ්ඩායම දැන් පසු වන්නේ මධ්‍යස්ථ තත්ත්වයක බැවිනි. ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුව කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීමේ නවතම සටහනේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාන්තා කණ්ඩායම පසුවන්නේ  අටවන ස්ථානයේ ය.  (ලකුණු 66යි) ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව (129) එංගලන්තය (122) නවසීලන්තය (118) ඉන්දියාව (109) බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් දූපත් (108) දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව (91) පාකිස්තානය (77) පිළිවෙලින් ප්‍රථම ස්ථානයේ සිට හත්වන ස්ථානය දක්වා අපට වඩා ඉදිරියෙන් සිටී.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පිටුපසින්… Read More →

Zampa halts Sri Lanka charge

Visiting side takes T20I series 2-1, but legspinner’s three wickets guide Australia to 41-run win after putting up 187 for 6 Adam Zampa, the legspinner, claimed three wickets to bowl Australia to victory and avoid a Twenty20 International series defeat against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Wednesday (February 22). Zampa, who was left out of the previous match which Sri Lanka won to clinch the three-match series, captured 3 for 25 at a crucial stage as Australia went on to win by 41 runs. He was named the man of the match. Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger, the openers, hit half-centuries as Australia, with their leading stars in India for this week’s Test series, set Sri Lanka 188 runs to… Read More →

Harmanpreet does a Dhoni with injured wrist


Stand-in captain ignores medical advice to do the star-turn for India in final against South Africa “Dhoni wala feeling aa rahi hai (I am starting to feel like Dhoni),” said Harmanpreet Kaur, soon after hitting a six and a two off the last two balls in India Women’s thrilling one-wicket win over South Africa Women in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday (February 21). Harmanpreet was disappointed coming into the final of the tournament. She had not yet been able to adjust from the fast surfaces in Australia, where she represented Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League, to the slow tracks in Colombo. Her father called her from India on… Read More →

Buoyed Sri Lanka go for clean sweep despite Dickwella suspension

Australia's James Faulkner (3rd R) celebrates the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka (front L) during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Basking in the aura of having already knocked out of contention the might of instant cricket in the 3-match T20 series, it will be a sky high fired up Sri Lanka that will go in to the third and final match tomorrow Wednesday against arch foes Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The 2-nil insulation of Upul Tharanga’s charges following back to back wins at Melbourne and Geelong has already put the Sri Lankans in the box seat of the trophy spoils. Of course, the handicap of the suspended in form batsman Niroshan Dickwella  from a dissent of an umpiring decision, dampening as it is will not deter the Sri Lankans final pursuit. Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-overs matches… Read More →

Sri Lanka plans bigger comeback despite minor setback

Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella plays a shot during the fifth and last One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Supersport park cricket ground on February 10, 2017 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

Following Sri Lanka’s stunning last-ball win over Australia during the second T20 match on Sunday at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, the team despite a few setbacks will return to clinch the trophy, in what hopes to be a whitewash of the series in Australia. 5-0 is Sri Lanka’s win-loss record in T20s in Australia to-date. It is the second best record in a country without losing a game. Australia is the only country where Sri Lanka hasn’t lost a T20, and they are the only team unbeaten in Australia. “The team has performed very well during the last two T20 matches in Australia and are preparing well for the third. Despite the fact that Niroshan Dickwella will not be playing the… Read More →

Asela Gunaratne cameo seals Sri Lanka’s T20 series triumph over Aussies

No Mathews, no Chandimal, a new look Sri Lanka, given the necessitated by the Upul Tharanga captaincy switch,  simply thundering down Australia in a series sealing two straight wins with no real big batting names, but  virtual newcomer Asela Gunaratne reeling off back to back half centuries. Its instant cricket status considerably down following player retirements and injury side linings, thumping the world beaters of cricket in their own backyard is indeed sky high stuff. If the opening match at Melbourne was a glorious down to the  wire triumph, coming trumps up from what looked certain defeat at Kardinia Park in Victoria knocking off 174 was  blood and thunder re-insulating insulating stuff. On a day bigger names like skipper Tharanga… Read More →

අසේල ඒක පුද්ගල සංග්‍රාමයකින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට තරගාවලියේ ම ජය ගෙන දෙයි

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka hits a shot during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට පෙනෙන තෙක් මානයේ නොතිබු ජයග්‍රහණයක් කරා ගෙනයාමට තනිවම හුදකලා සටනක නිරත වූ අසේල ගුණරත්න, පන්දු 46ක දී හයේ පහර පහක් හා හතරේ පහර හයක් සමග නොදැවී ලකුණු 84ක් ලැබීම මත සංචාරක ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමග දෙවන 20-20 තරගය සහ තරග තුනක තරගාවලියම ජයගැනීමට අවස්ථාව උදාවිණි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදා සාමාජිකයෙකු වන අසේල ගුණරත්න මෙහි දී තරගවැදුණු ආකාරයෙන් සිහිගැන්වූයේ සටන් බිමේ දී ඉදිරිපෙළ තම සගයන් අඩක් ම දැවී යද්දී පසුපසින් පැමිණි අයගේ සහය අඩුවෙන් හෝ ලබාගනිමින් පෞද්ගලිකව කණ්ඩායමක්ම ජයග්‍රහණය කරා ගෙන ගිය ආකාරයයි. ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව ලබාගත් ලකුණු 173 හඹායද්දී ඕවර 4.3ක් වනවිට ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් පස්දෙනෙකුම ලකුණු 40කට දැවී පරාජය කරායන කණ්ඩායමට 174 ඉලක්කය අසීරු කරුණක් නොවන බව පසක් කරගත් අසේල ගුණරත්න හයවන කඩුල්ලට චාමර කපුගෙදර (ලකුණු 32යි… Read More →

Gunaratne muscles Sri Lanka to series win

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

A spectacular unbeaten 84 by Asela Gunaratne helped Sri Lanka edge out Australia by two wickets and clinch the three-match Twenty20 International series with a game to spare in Geelong on Sunday (February 19). Gunaratne, the right-hand batsman, hammered six fours and five sixes during his 46-ball knock as Sri Lanka hunted down Australia’s 173 all out by reaching 176 for 8 off the final ball of the 20th over. Gunaratne brought up the victory when he smashed the last ball of the match, from Andrew Tye, over cover for the winning boundary. It was the second time in three nights that Sri Lanka had pulled off a last-ball victory. Chamara Kapugedera had hammered a boundary to win Friday’s opening… Read More →

Sri Lanka, Pakistan complete line-up for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

Sri Lanka womens team

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have completed the list of qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after the last round of Super Six matches were completed at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. Sri Lanka scored a 42 runs victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to qualify as the third side behind India and South Africa with six points in the Super Six stage while Pakistan had a forgettable outing against India in its last match to finish with four points. Pakistan was bowled out for only 67 runs and lost by seven wickets as India got past the target in only 22.3 overs but Pakistan qualified as the fourth team since Bangladesh was nowhere… Read More →

Pakistan, Sri Lanka look set to qualify for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017


Pakistan and Sri Lanka look set to make it to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in the last round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. India leads the Super Six points table with eight points while South Africa is the other side to have qualified with six points. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are on four points each and close to qualifying, while Bangladesh is on two points and with a long shot at qualifying as it needs to pull off a huge win in its last match. Pakistan should be through even with a loss due to its high net run-rate while Bangladesh… Read More →

Sri Lanka pips Australia with boundary off last ball

Finch’s men put up 168 for 6, but Gunaratne, Kapugedera stun home side to secure five-wicket win Chamara Kapugedera belted a four off the last ball to give Sri Lanka an incredible five-wicket win over Australia in its first Twenty20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday (February 17). The win, coming on the back of its 2-1 series win over South Africa last month, kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20I games in Australia. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 with two games to be played in Geelong on Sunday and Adelaide on Wednesday. A lot of the credit should go to Asela Gunaratne, whose fiery 52 off 37 balls, earned him man of the match. Gunaratne hit… Read More →